How Many People Would Like to Play Me in Poker and Have the Rules Be “Living?”




“I think a return to fiscal discipline, living within our means is essential for our long-term health.”

-Hillary Clinton

“The Greatest Generation wasn’t the greatest despite the challenges they faced, but because of them. Today many men shirk challenge and difficult pursuits, believing that the easier life is, the happier they’ll be. But our grandfathers knew better. They knew that one cannot have the bitter without the sweet, and that true happiness comes from overcoming the kind of challenges that build character and refine the soul. The challenges they experienced made their joy all the more sweet because it was tinged with the gratitude of knowing how easily it could all have been taken away.”

-Tom Brokaw

“Even as many Texas settlers formed an army and marched on San Antonio de Bexar, Smith originally intended to remain neutral. He changed his mind after the Texian Army, led by Stephen F. Austin, initiated a siege of Bexar. As the siege began, Smith and his son-in-law Hendrick Arnold were absent from town, on a hunting trip. The Mexican army increased security in the town, and refused to allow Smith and Arnold to return to their homes within the city. An indignant Smith immediately joined the Texian Army. Hearing impaired and a man of few words, he wrote to Austin: “I told you yesterday that I would not take sides in this war but, Sir, I now tender you my services as the Mexicans acted rascally with me.”
-Biography of Erastus “Deaf” Smith

“The usual road to slavery is that first they take away your guns, then they take away your property, then last of all they tell you to shut up and say you are enjoying it.”

-James A. Donald

“I grew up like a neglected weed – ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it.”

-Harriet Tubman

“Regulation – which is based on force and fear – undermines the moral base of business dealings. It becomes cheaper to bribe a building inspector than to meet his standards of construction. A fly-by-night securities operator can quickly meet all the S.E.C. requirements, gain the inference of respectability, and proceed to fleece the public. In an unregulated economy, the operator would have had to spend a number of years in reputable dealings before he could earn a position of trust sufficient to induce a number of investors to place funds with him. Protection of the consumer by regulation is thus illusory.”

-Alan Greenspan

“I am not asking anybody for anything if I can’t get it on my own. If you don’t like the way I’m living, just leave me alone.”

-Charles Daniels

“If people are justified in continuing a rebellion out of regard for their self-preservation [as they are], then there is no reason to think they are not justified in starting one for the same reason.” Hobbes on Resistance: Defying the Leviathan

-Susanne Sreedhar

“The average man doesn’t want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.”

-H.L. Mencken

“All power emanates from the people, they are sovereign; but the general undefined mass of individuals, told by the head within the borders of the United States, are not the people known to our Institutions: the citizens of each State acting through the body politic, or a convention, or in their primary assemblies, are the people. Whatever they shall do in their sovereign capacity, as the people of a State, may be a revolution, but it can never be a rebellion ; a sovereign cannot rebel against himself, nor against his coequal sovereigns; he may violate a compact with them, or they may commit a breach of faith towards him, so as to justify resistance and even war, a revolution if you please of all the relations existing between them, but no act of omission or aggression between coequal and independent parties can be construed into a rebellion.”

-Hugh Garland

“Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men’s minds.”

-Thurgood Marshall

“When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself public property.”

-Thomas Jefferson

“The nature of the Federal Constitution…is a compact based upon cautious and jealous specifications. The distinguished body of men who framed it, guarded and defined every power that was to be exercised through the agency of the General Government—and every other power not enumerated in the compact, was to be reserved and exercised by the States.”

-Maria H. Pinckney

“Under Lenin the Soviet Union was like a religious revival, under Stalin like a prison, under Khrushchev like a circus, and under Brezhnev like the U.S. Post Office.” November 7, 1977

-Jimmy Carter

“As the British Constitution is the most subtle organism which has proceeded from the womb and long gestation of progressive history, so the American Constitution is, so far as I can see, the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.”

-W. E. Gladstone

“I believe in the sovereignty and reserved powers of the States.”

-John W. Ellis

“I’d like to know why well-educated idiots keep apologizing for lazy and complaining people who think the world owes them a living.”

-Duke Morrison

“When we speak of peace, we should not mean just the absence of war. True peace rests on the pillars of individual freedom, human rights, national self-determination, and respect for the rule of law.” Televised address to the nation before the U.S.-Soviet Summit in Geneva, November 14, 1985

-Ronald Reagan

“In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example of charters of power granted by liberty. This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness.” National Gazette Essay, January 18, 1792

-James Madison

“While affected deeply by the evils which afflict our country, we can still look upon them without compunction, and say, “Though thou art desolate, my country, it is not this hand hath made thee so. No! Nor was it the hand of the alien foe who waged war against thee, so much as the hands of men whom thou didst nourish in thine own bosom ; who breathed thy breath; who drank from thy cool fountains; who basked in the shade of thy magnificent groves ; whose ears were filled with the warbling of thy birds; whose eyes rested on the placid, yet luxuriant, beauty of thy landscapes; who fed upon the fruits thou dost so bountifully yield; aye, and the bones of whose forefathers and departed kindred had found a resting place beneath thy soul!” All this, and more, they may say—in sorrow, it is true, but with a consoling consciousness of personal rectitude. The value of this reward will be better appreciated when we reflect, what must not be the bitter self-reproach and unavailing regret of those who have failed in their duty to the country in its hour of need. This reflection suggests to us the fact, that the present reward of the faithful soldier… consists not only in a positive pleasure of the highest kind, but in an escape from an evil, the greatest of all others, the lashings of a guilty conscience. I say the present reward, in contradistinction to that ultimate reward, which must crown their labors in the vindication and establishment of the great principle of constitutional liberty for which they put them forth. Like a noble ship in the storm, it has gone down into the trough of the sea, and is submerged beneath mountain billows; its masts and rigging are swept away and its crew are paralyzed by the might of the elements; but when the calm returns, and the demons of the deep cease to lash it in their fury, it will rise buoyantly up; and if a sufficient number of its crew have clung faithfully to it, and are not washed overboard, it will soon be rigged anew, and move on in its course with that majesty and power which characterized it when it was first launched upon the main.”

-Llewellyn Shaver

“There comes a time when a moral man can’t obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Freedom to publish and read does not necessarily assure a society of justice and peace, but without these freedoms it has no assurance at all.”

-Myra Kostash

“I think it better to do right, even if we suffer in so doing, than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.”

-R. Edward Lee

“The people will learn to feel the dignity of man. They will not merely demand their rights, which have been trampled in the dust, but themselves will take them – make them their own.”

-Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“I have had a good opportunity of testing the utility of Colt’s pistols during the late Mexican War, and feel no hesitation in saying they are superior (in my opinion) to any other now known for cavalry. The danger of accidental explosion has been obviated by the late improvement. They go off clear. The cylinders revolve with great rapidity, and the distance they carry a ball (I mean the conical ball) is indeed surprising. Soldiers should be practiced in the use of them. They soon become easy to the hand; the aim you wish to draw can be easily caught; and when placed in the hands of those who understand the proper use of them, they are unquestionably the most formidable weapon ever used in battle. I therefore concur fully in the opinion that they can be used with the same advantage by the regular as volunteer forces.”

-Colonel Jack Hays, Texas Rangers

“Many law professors, and others who hold contempt for our Constitution, preach that the Constitution is a living document. Saying that the Constitution is a living document is the same as saying we don’t have a Constitution. For rules to mean anything, they must be fixed. How many people would like to play me in poker and have the rules be “living?” Depending on “evolving standards,” maybe my two pair could beat your flush.”

-Walter Williams

“We hold with Thomas Jefferson, to the inalienable right of communities to alter or abolish forms of government that have become oppressive or injurious.”

-New York Tribune

“I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”


“Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

-Barry Goldwater

“Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.”

-Abraham Lincoln

“At the core, the American citizen soldiers in World War II knew the difference between right and wrong, and they didn’t want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we all of us, living and yet to be born, must be forever profoundly grateful.”

-Stephen Ambrose

“We cannot go on penalizing Americans for saving.”

-John Connally


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Necessity Is the Plea For Every Infringement of Human Freedom




“What difference is it to me if a decision is forced upon me by a dictator or by half of my neighbors? Either way my right to free, peaceful action has been nullified.”

-Stephen H. Foerster

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does NOT mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

“I’d rather live free with some peril than be a protected slave of government.”

-Dave Duffy

“The proper history of Texas is yet unpublished. The men who enacted the great deeds, rendering the Lone Star Republic famous, have generally died without writing what they aided in doing. Jonas Harrison wrote articles which stirred the heroic people and helped to strengthen the resolution to resist tyranny, but where are they?

R.M. Williamson was an outspoken advocate of a free government. He did more than any one man to nerve our people to strike out for liberty. He has been gathered to his fathers, and where are the evidences of his wonderful exertions. They are almost lost to the world. Gen. Thomas J. Rusk —brave, eloquent, and fearless — our Secretary of War when the revolution was at its most fearful height, after the Alamo and Goliad and their defenders had fallen; after the mistaken members of the Consultation had Illegally attempted to turn Gov. Smith out of office, and to Invade Mexico. Where is the historian who lived in these days of trouble and danger. Col.Frank Johnson wrote a history of Texas. He was an officer of the Texas army, was defeated at San Patricio. His work has never seen the light and perhaps never will. Gen. Rusk was at the battle of San Jacinto. He made an official report to President Burnet, and left no individual, private, account of that wonderful contest. Gen. Stephen F. Austin, the “father” of Texas, wrote a great deal. Up to the present time no one has assumed the responsibility to edit and publish his papers and his life.

Who can tell us of the career of Richard Ellis, the President of the Convention of I836? They met at Washington on the Brazos, and declared Texas Independent on the second day of March, I836. How little is known of the members of that memorable and distinguished company of men? Who has written a comprehensive life of Travis? of Bowie? And the heroes of the Alamo? What has been done to revive a correct memory of David G. Burnet? of Gen. Edward Burleson, who commanded the Texas Troops in 1835 when Gen. Cos surrendered San Antonio to him?” 1897

-John Salmon Ford

“Man yearns to see his individuality represented and reflected in the acts of his exertions—in property.”

-Francis Lieber

“People who object to weapons aren’t abolishing violence, they’re begging for rule by brute force, when the biggest, strongest animals among men were always automatically ‘right.’ Guns ended that, and social democracy is a hollow farce without an armed populace to make it work.” The Probability Broach

-Neil Smith

“We make our ends meet, we take what we need to survive…We were raised up on the Good Book, we learned about the land. We don’t take from Uncle Sam. It’s time to take a stand. It’s time to draw the line. You better take yours when you come to take mine…It’s about red, white and blue…We’re not the running kind. Mr. President, you are not taking mine.”

-Creed Fisher

“I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.”

-Andrew Jackson

“I ask that all Americans demonstrate in their personal and public lives…the high ethical standards that are essential to good character and to the continued success of our Nation. In 1997 during National Character Counts Week

-Bill Clinton 

“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”

-John Quincy Adams

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” 18 Nov 1783

-William Pitt

“In interpreting the Constitution, it must never be forgotten that the Nation is made up of States to which are entrusted the powers of local government. And to them and to the people the powers not expressly delegated to the National Government are reserved.” Hammer v. Dagenhart, 1918

-U.S. Supreme Court

“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”

-Alexis de Tocqueville

“Tax reform means, “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree.”

-Russell Long

“In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries you have these great nation states hurling their young men at one another. The victory was really going to rest on who could do the best job of bringing up their kids to become efficient and effective soldiers. That’s pretty grandiose, I guess, but I do think that, and thank God it’s been the armies of democracy that have emerged from this as the triumphant armies.”

-Stephen Ambrose

“Live free or die.”

-New Hampshire State Motto


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Do All You Have Agreed to Do, and Do Not Encroach on Other Persons or Their Property




“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels — men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”

-Dwight D. Eisenhower

“That alone is a just government which impartially secures to every man whatever is his own.” Essay on Property, March 29, 1792

-James Madison

“I’m pretty sure that the government is not going to save you. The Good Lord helps the ones that help themselves. You want to stand on your own two feet, and use some backbone, don’t go crawling on your knees, begging for help.”

-Chris Knight

“A churchless community, a community where men have abandoned and scoffed at or ignored their religious needs, is a community on the rapid down grade.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

“The American people are becoming more and more afraid of, and are running away from, their own Revolution.”

-Leonard E. Read

“I shall exert every faculty I possess in aiding to prevent the Constitution from being nullified, destroyed, or impaired; and even though I should see it fail, I will still, with a voice feeble, perhaps, but earnest as ever issued from human lips, and with extinguish, call on the people to come to its rescue.”

-Daniel Webster

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

-Abraham Lincoln

“Do not be quick to take offence, you will never find a gentleman who will willfully & without any cause real or imaginary offend another.”

-M.F. Maury

“The fact throughout history is that whenever government dominates the economic affairs of its citizenry, a free society is eroded, then destroyed, and a minority government ensues. Personal liberty without economic liberty is an absolute contradiction; the one cannot exist without the other.”

-William E. Simon

“Giving a politician access to your wallet is like giving a dog access to your refrigerator.”

–Tim Barber

“I walked through a county courthouse square. On a park bench, an old man was sitting there. I said, “Your old court house is kind of run down, He said, “No, it will do for our little town”. I said, “Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit, and that’s a ragged old flag you got hanging on it”. …He said “I don’t like to brag, but we’re kind of proud of That Ragged Old Flag…”You see, we got a little hole in that flag there, When Washington took it across the Delaware. and it got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it, writing “Say Can You See” It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson tugging at its seams. And It almost fell at the Alamo beside the Texas flag, but she waved on though. She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville, And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill…and the south wind blew hard on That Ragged Old Flag. “On Flanders Field in World War I, she got a big hole from a Bertha Gun, She turned blood red in World War II. She hung limp, and low, a time or two, She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam. She waved from our ships upon the briny foam and now they’ve about quit waving back here at home in her own good land here. She’s been abused, she’s been burned, dishonored, denied and refused, and the government for which she stands has been scandalized throughout out the land. And she’s getting thread bare, and she’s wearing thin, But she’s in good shape, for the shape she’s in. Because she’s been through the fire before and I believe she can take a whole lot more. “So we raise her up every morning and we bring her down slow every night, we don’t let her touch the ground, and we fold her up right. On second thought, I do like to brag. because I’m mighty proud of That Ragged Old Flag.”

-John Cash

“Do all you have agreed to do, and do not encroach on other persons or their property.”

-Richard Maybury

“We are not inclined to rebuke or censure the people of any of our sister States…suffering from injury goaded by insults and threatened with such outrages and wrongs for their bold determination to relieve themselves from such injustice and oppression by resorting to their ultimate and sovereign rights… Nor have we any doubt of the right of any State there being no common umpire between coequal sovereign States to judge for itself on its own responsibility as to the mode and measure of redress. The States each for itself exercised this sovereign power when they dissolved their connection with the British Empire.”

-R.M.T. Hunter

“When we hear a man say “Texan,” we involuntarily look to see if he has the lock-jaw or if he has ice in his mouth. There is no excuse for a man to use such a word in a mild climate. The genius of our language requires generally the termination “ian,” which is necessary to give a name to the inhabitants of that country. “Texian ” is the name for which we fought, and which shows ourselves independent of all foreign dictation. Let us stand up for the rights of the “old Texian” against the ruthless Goths and Vandals who are endeavoring to deprive him of that which has blazed so brilliantly from the folds of his banner over all his battlefields.” From a debate over the etymological correctness of the use of “Texan” vs. “Texian”,  February 5, 1851

-“The Texas Monument”

“The history of liberty is a history of resistance. “

–Woodrow Wilson

“The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” 1920’s

-Will Rogers

“The rapid changes through which the institutions of the country are now passing and the still more stupendous revolutions in the opinions of men remind us that we stand today upon the outer verge of a great historic cycle within which a completed past will shortly be enclosed Another cycle may touch its circumference but the events it shall embrace will be gathered around another historic centre and the future historian will pronounce that in stepping from the one to the other he has entered upon another and separate volume of the nation’s record. Let us who are soon to be in that past to which we properly belong see there are no gaps in the record Thus shall we discharge a duty to the fathers whose principles we inherit to the children who will then know whether to honor or to dishonor the sires that begot them and above all to the dead heroes sleeping on the vast battle plains…whose epitaph history yet waits to engrave upon their tombs.”

SHS Editorial Committee

“It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.”

-Charles M. Province

“The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number is self-protection … The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.” On Liberty

-John Stuart Mill

“The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth” 1995

-Bill Clinton


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If a Nation Values Anything More Than Freedom, It Will Lose Its Freedom





“If it is in the public interest to maintain an industry, it is clearly not in the public interest by the impact of regulatory authority to destroy its otherwise viable way of life.” Special Message to the Congress on Regulatory Agencies, April 13, 1961 Special Message to the Congress on Regulatory Agencies, April 13, 1961

-John F. Kennedy

“Every individual necessarily labors to render the annual revenue of society as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. He intends only his own gain, and he is, in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was not part of his intention.”  Wealth of Nations

-Adam Smith

“Everyone thinks about changing the world, but no one thinks about changing himself.”

-Leo Tolstoy

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”


“Ineptness or corruption in the administration of a democratic government can and will be corrected by the people, if they are given the facts and the opportunity to act upon them. The important thing is to preserve that opportunity. This is a responsibility we all must share, and it should be paramount” Texas Governor’s Inaugural Address, 1953

-Allen Shivers

“I have suffered my self to be politically sacrificed to save my country from ruin and disgrace and if I am never a gain elected I will have the gratification to know that I have done my duty.”

-David Crockett

“…We must forevermore do honor to our heroic dead. We must forevermore cherish the sacred memories of those…years of unequal strife…The people that forgets its heroic dead is already dying at the heart, and we believe we shall be truer and better citizens of the United States if we are true to our past.”

-Randolph McKim

“Those who nourish the hope that it will be possible to keep central government free of the corrupting tendencies of power and to staff it with a freedom-loving elite, overestimate the virtues of both the electorate and the elected, and underestimate the normative power of structural processes even over well-intended functionaries.”

-Robert Nef

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”

-William Graham

“Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.”

-Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Have you ever noticed how statists are constantly “reforming” their own handiwork? Education reform. Health-care reform. Welfare reform. Tax reform. The very fact that they’re always busy “reforming” is an implicit admission that they didn’t get it right the first 50 times.”  The Freeman

-Lawrence W. Reed, economist

“This country was founded by religious nuts with guns.”

-P.J. O’Rourke

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!”

-John J. Pershing

“I would not have been worthy of my family name if I had arrived here safely and without losing something along the way”

-James Ewell Brown Stuart

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

-C.S. Lewis

“The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government…so vast as ours are too obvious to be disregarded.”

-Franklin Pierce

“The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want.”  March 3, 1947 

-Harry S. Truman

“Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free. When all are free, then we can look forward to that day when this city will be joined as one and this country and this great Continent of Europe in a peaceful and hopeful globe. When that day finally comes, as it will, the people of West Berlin can take sober satisfaction in the fact that they were in the front lines for almost two decades. All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words Ich bin ein Berliner.” June 26, 1963

 -John F. Kennedy

“There is nothing of political philosophy more plainly taught in history than the limited value of the Federal principle. It had been experimented upon in various ages of the world in the Amphictyonic Council in the Achsean league, in the United Provinces of Holland, in Mexico, in Central America, in Columbia and in the Argentine republic. In all these instances the form of government established upon it had become extinct or had passed into the alternative of consolidation or anarchy and disintegration. Indeed it is plain enough that such a form of government in the resource only of small and weak communities that it is essentially temporary in its nature and that it has never been adopted by States which had approached a mature condition and had passed the period of pupillage. It is not to be denied that the Federal principle is valuable in peculiar circumstances and for temporary ends.”

-Ed Pollard

“[On ancient Athens]: In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”

– Edward Gibbon

“If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.”

-Somerset Maugham


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Nothing Can Destroy a Government More Quickly Than Its Failure to Observe Its Own Laws




“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

-Winston Churchill

“No political truth is certainly of greater intrinsic value, or is stamped with the authority of more enlightened patrons of liberty than that on which the objection is founded. The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” Federalist No. 48, February 1, 1788

-James Madison

“Somehow I learned that I belonged with my people and that I had a responsibility to contribute to them. I will participate in changing the situations of injustice and inequality that I encounter because they deny people their rights and destroy their potential.”

-Dr. Antonia Pantoja

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

-Mark Twain

”Love your country but fear its government.“

New England folk wisdom

“Three-fifths to two-thirds of the federal budget consists of taking property from one American and giving it to another. Were a private person to do the same thing, we’d call it theft. When government does it, we euphemistically call it income redistribution, but that’s exactly what thieves do — redistribute income.”

-Walter Williams

“The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none.”

-Andrew Jackson

The communists fear Christianity more as a way of life than as a weapon. In short, there is room in a totalitarian system for churches- but there is no room for God. The claim of the State must be total, and no other loyalty, and no other philosophy of life can be tolerated. Commencement Address, Assumption College, June 3, 1955

-John F. Kennedy

“Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I’m not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be.”

-John Wayne

“The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be.”

-Lao Tsu

“A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.”

-Thomas Paine

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The Works of John Adams, ed. C. F. Adams, Boston: Little, Brown Co., 1851, 4:31

-John Adams

“The character of the Texas Ranger is now well known by both friend and foe. As a mounted volunteer, he has had no counterpart in any age or any country.”

-Luther Giddings

“They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. And then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.”  in 1945; from “Political Quotations”, Daniel B. Baker, ed.

Rev. Martin Niemoeller, a Protestant minister in Nazi Germany

“You may not like my appearance… You may not like my song…You may not like the way I talk, but you like the way I’m gone. I’m a free born man”

-Jimmy Martin

“A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.”

-Barry Goldwater

“Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence” Mapp vs. Ohio

-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark 

“The graves of the dead, with the grass overgrown, shall still be the footstool of liberty’s thrown.”

-Father Ryan

“A society’s worth isn’t measured by how much power is seized by its government but rather, how much power is reserved for its people.” Liberty Rises

-Jack Vega

“It stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there is service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be master.”

-Ayn Rand

“…You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer…”

-Abraham Lincoln

“Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.”

-Sam Houston

“If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”

-Noah Webster

“I would be proud of the thought that our youngest Boy–Yes Darling little Jimmie, will after a while be able and I trust willing to take his Father’s place in the field, and fight until he dies, rather than be a Slave…”

-James Griffen

“Solve” and “Problems” are not in the Constitution.

-Doug Newman

“History should be accessible.”

-Grady McWhiney 

“There is a word sweeter than mother, home or heaven. That word is liberty.”

-Epitaph of Matilda Joslyn Gage

“If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.”

-Winston Churchill

“The early American knew that freedom was nothing more than the absence of external restraint on behavior; the government could not give you freedom, it could only take it away.”

-Frank Chodorov

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The Tyranny of a Majority May Be as Autocratic and Unjust as the Tyranny of Any Autocrat




“I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.”

-Booker T. Washington

“No free people can lose their liberties while they are jealous of liberty. But the liberties of the freest people are in danger when they set up symbols of liberty as fetishes, worshiping the symbol instead of the principle it represents.”  Liberty and the Great Libertarians 

-Wendell Phillips

“There are many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin. There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin. And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin. And there are even a few who say that it is true that communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic progress. Lass’ sie nach Berlin kommen. Let them come to Berlin.” June 26, 1963

-John F. Kennedy

“The difficulty of enacting uniform and equitable laws beneficial alike to antagonistic interests is more impracticable in proportion to the area and multiplication of interests, these betoken that this great republic may ultimately break to pieces by its own weight and corruption, or from necessity assume the imperial or monarchical form.”

-William C. Oates

“A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.”  The Godfather

-Mario Puzo

“The great problem now is for people to realize the wisdom and from of government as made by our fathers when they recognized that the Constitution was made to fix limitations upon the people so as to protect the minority and to protect property and to protect liberty. The tyranny of a majority may be as autocratic and unjust as the tyranny of any autocrat.” Letter to a friend, 1923

-Supreme Court Justice Robert Lee Williams of Oklahoma

“I’ve lived the literal meaning of the “land of the free” and “home of the brave.” It’s not corny for me. I feel it in my heart. I feel it in my chest. Even at a ball game, when someone talks during the anthem or doesn’t take off his hat, it pisses me off. I’m not one to be quiet about it, either.”  American Sniper: Memorial Edition

– Chris Kyle

“A nation preserved with liberty trampled underfoot is much worse than a nation in fragments but with the spirit of liberty still alive.”

-John Haley

“We hope never to live in a Republic where one section is pinned to the other section by bayonets.”

-Horace Greeley

“It takes time to ruin a world, but time is all it takes.”

-Bernard DeFoutenelle

“I call upon my God to judge me, he knows that I love my friends and above all others my wife and children, the, opinion of the world to contrary notwithstanding.”

-Cherokee Chief Stand Watie

“I would die a thousand deaths before I would betray a friend.” To his captors when asked to betray his compatriots, before being hanged.

-Private Sam Davis 

“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

 -The Declaration of Independence

“Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master.”

-Dwight D. Eisenhower 

“Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.”

-Benjamin Rush

“The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

“Boots and buckles, red clay and sand. My point isn’t subtle here…this is where I was born this is where I’ll die.”

-Jaren Johnston

“The right of self defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals, and whether the attack be made by Spain herself or by those who abuse her power, its obligation is not the less strong.”

-James Monroe

“Let us never forget this fundamental truth:  The State has no source of money other than the money people themselves earn.”

Margaret Thatcher

“Fellow citizens … We urge as many as can possibly leave their homes to repair to Gonzales immediately, “armed and equipped for war even to the knife.” …If Texas will now act promptly, she will soon be redeemed from that worse than Egyptian bondage which now cramps her resources and retards her prosperity.” October 2, 1835

James W. Fannin. Jr. (et al)

“Our founders did not believe that our society could thrive without this kind of moral social structure. In fact, it was our second president, John Adams, who said of our thoroughly researched and developed governing document, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future

-Ben Carson

“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.”

-George Patton

“Nothing can be more cruel than the leniency which abandons others to their sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe reprimand which calls another Christian in one’s community back from the path of sin.”  Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“When plunder has become a way of life for a group of people living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it.”

-Frédéric Bastiat

“Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” Democracy in America

-Alexis de Tocqueville

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul.”

-George Bernard Shaw

“With respect to the words “general welfare,” I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”

-James Madison

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”

-Abraham Lincoln

“Through an unwieldy combination of big government, big military, big business, big labor and big cities, we have created an unworkable mega-nation which defies central management and control. Not only is the United States too big, but it has also become too authoritarian and too undemocratic, and its states assume too little responsibility for the solution of their own social, economic, and political problems.”

– Dr. Thomas Naylor, professor emeritus of economics at Duke University

“In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.”

-Charles de Gaulle

“The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.”  1872

– John Hay

“The war for freedom will never really be won because the price of our freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

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Enslave the Liberty of But One Human Being and the Liberties of the World Are Put in Peril–Texas Civil Litigation Attorneys




“Distinctions by race are so evil, so arbitrary and invidious that a state bound to defend the equal protection of the laws must not invoke them in any public sphere” NAACP’s brief, written in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case

 -Thurgood Marshall 

“The attributes of sovereignty are now enjoyed by every state in the Union”

-Alexander Hamilton

“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

-Alexis de Tocqueville

“What the government gives, it must first take away.”

– John S. Coleman

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.”

– Stanislaw J. Lec

“The system of private property is the most important guaranty of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not.” The Road to Serfdom

– Friedrich A. Hayek

“Breathe there the man with soul so dead, who never to himself has said, this is my own, my native land!”

-Sir Walter Scott

“The World War II generation did what was expected of them. But they never talked about it. It was part of the Code. There’s no more telling metaphor than a guy in a football game who does what’s expected of him-makes an open-field tackle-then gets up and dances around. When Jerry Kramer threw the block that won the Ice Bowl in ’67, he just got up and walked off the field.” The Greatest Generation

-Tom Brokaw

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.”

― C.S. Lewis

“The question suggests itself: has all this long-continued and intense effort—all this sacrifice…—all this subjection to privation and peril–resulted in no good to the actors themselves? Are they absolutely without reward for their exalted patriotism and active devotion to principle? The answer is—that, so far as anything tangible and material is concerned, they are not only without recompense, but have received instead thereof stripes and punishment, having been ejected from the …enjoyment of…liberty…. But there is a reward of a higher character, which is theirs in an eminent degree—a reward inherent in and inseparable from all noble actions—”that peace above all earthly dignities, a calm and quiet conscience.”

-Llewellyn Shaver

“The man who says America is perfect, is blind to reality. The man who says that Americans must sacrifice their liberties to preserve America, does not love freedom. The man who says America must be destroyed to be saved, is mistaken. The ideals that are America, can be lost as easily by those who take this country for granted as by those who seek to destroy I, for one, reject the concept that America is not worth saving or changing. But the saving and the changing can only come with genuine desire, hard work, dedication, and a strong abiding faith in our fellowmen. If we are, indeed, entering a new era, it must be a time in which we are totally honest with ourselves. It must be a time in which we are totally honest with the young people for whom the mantle of leadership is waiting. The concept that all growth is automatic progress should be cast out.” Texas Governor’s Inaugural Address, 1971

-Preston Smith

“Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”

– John Stuart Mill

“When Hitler declared war on the United States, he was betting that German soldiers, raised up in the Hitler Youth, would always out fight American soldiers, brought up in the Boy Scouts. He lost that bet. The Boy Scouts had been taught how to figure their way out of their own problems.”

-Stephen Ambrose

“Sirs, you have no reason to be ashamed of your dead; see to it they have no reason to be ashamed of you.”

-Robert Dabney

“As Texans and Americans, we start our quest with advantages undreamed by peoples of other lands. The heritage of freedom is a golden thread unbroken for 180 years of our national life. We were molded not by kings and conquerors, but by the courage and toil of pioneers who saw the wilderness as a challenge, never a barrier.” Texas Governor’s Inaugural Address 1965

-John Connally 

“Take life into your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing. No one to blame.”

-Erica Jong

“At the beginning of a dynasty, taxation yields a large revenue from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, taxation yields a small revenue from large assessments.”

-Ibn Khaldun

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” The Crisis

-Thomas Paine

“The history of liberty is the history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.”

-Woodrow Wilson

“Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people, and therefore are contrary to our traditions and hence constitutionally suspect.”

-US Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, June 24, 2013

“Personal honor is the one thing that is valued more than life itself by the majority of men.”

-S.L.A. Marshall

“We wish to be remembered. Willing to die, we are not willing to be forgotten.” 1884 Memorial Day Address

-Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Union Army, a combatant at Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania July 2, 1863

“Tyranny in democratic republics does not proceed in the same way, however. It ignores the body and goes straight for the soul. The master no longer says: You will think as I do or die. He says: You are free not to think as I do. You may keep your life, your property, and everything else. But from this day forth you shall be as a stranger among us. You will retain your civic privileges, but they will be of no use to you. For if you seek the votes of your fellow citizens, they will withhold them, and if you seek only their esteem, they will feign to refuse even that. You will remain among men, but you will forfeit your rights to humanity. When you approach your fellow creatures, they will shun you as one who is impure. And even those who believe in your innocence will abandon you, lest they, too, be shunned in turn. Go in peace, I will not take your life, but the life I leave you with is worse than death.”

-Alexis de Tocqueville

“Just last week, I received a letter from a French citizen.  “Dear Mr. President, and the American people,” he wrote, “[we are] honored to welcome you… to thank you again for all the pain and efforts of [the] American people and others in our common struggle for freedom.” 2014 D-Day Commemoration Speech

-Barack H. Obama

“The worst fears of those who would challenge her are now a fact of life—a Federal government completely out of control.”

-Professor Jay Hoar

“The proudest human that walks the earth is a free American citizen.” Speech at the Commercial Club of Chicago, May 21, 1948

-Dwight Eisenhower

“We aren’t ever going to change. We aren’t doing anything wrong…You can throw me in the Colbert County jailhouse. You can throw me off the Wilson Dam. But there isn’t much difference in the man I want to be and the man I really am…”

-Patterson Hood

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.” Letter to Abigail Adams 1787

-Thomas Jefferson

“Any society which suppresses the heritage of its conquered minorities, prevents their history or denies them their symbols, has sown the seeds of their own destruction.” 1281

-Sir William Wallace

“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.”

-Justice Louis Brandeis

“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”

-Milton Friedman

“You have the right to free speech – except, of course, if you’re dumb enough to actually try it.”

-The Clash

“Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril.”

-William Lloyd Garrison

“Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.”

-Hubert H. Humphrey

“The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation.”

-Jimmy Carter

“There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as “caring” and “sensitive” because he wants to expand the government’s charitable programs is merely saying that he’s willing to try to do good with other people’s money. Well, who isn’t? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he’ll do good with his own money – if a gun is held to his head.”

-P.J. O’Rourke

“Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.”

-William Allen White

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No Time for Memorandums Now. Go Ahead! Liberty and Independence Forever–Texas Civil Litigation Attorneys




“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

-Benjamin Franklin

“Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” Letter to His Fellow Countrymen, October 20, 1773

-Benjamin Rush

“Hatred of the Jews has changed form but it still remains. If not racial superiority, then religious superiority is the order of the day. The world’s indifference in light of this hatred has also remained. The world has very quickly become accustomed to hearing declarations only 65 years after the Holocaust, declarations of intent to annihilate millions of Jews – and the world continues to act in the same manner. The hesitancy of enlightened countries to act against extreme regimes which threaten us and threaten world peace – this too has not changed. The only thing that has truly changed is our ability and our determination to act to defend ourselves and prevent another Holocaust. This truth is a source of heavy and constant responsibility – to ensure by any means necessary the future and security of the State of Israel against those who seek our destruction. This is the last will and testament of the six million, our brothers and sisters who perished in the Holocaust and it is our duty – and we will carry it out.” Speech at the opening of the permanent exhibition in Block 27 at Auschwitz-Birkenau in June 2013

-Benjamin Netanyahu

“But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

-Declaration Of Independence – 1776

“A government resting on the minority is an aristocracy, not a Republic, and could not be safe with a numerical and physical force against it, without a standing army, an enslaved press and a disarmed populace.” Federalist Papers # 46

-James Madison 

“There’s no reason someone who has fought for their country should be homeless or jobless.”

-Chris Kyle

“The early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the Church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles o popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.” Letter from the Birmingham Jail

-Martin Luther King Jr. 

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”

-Elmer Davis

“Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever.”

-David Crockett

“Small business is being crushed all across this country by big government. Small business is the engine of economic growth in this country.”

-Carly Fiorina

“If my sinfulness appears to me to be in any way smaller or less detestable in comparison with the sins of others, I am still not recognizing my sinfulness at all. … How can I possibly serve another person in unfeigned humility if I seriously regard his sinfulness as worse than my own?” Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.” Letter to Abigail Adams, 1787

Thomas Jefferson

“The world will see that rebels are the only true patriots and supporters of constitutional liberty.”

-Thomas Rosser

“We know that progress is not inevitable. But neither was victory upon these beaches. Now, as then, the inner voice tells us to stand up and move forward. Now, as then, free people must choose.”  In Normandy to mark the 50th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1994

-Bill Clinton

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Duty Is the Sublimest Word in Our Language–Fort Worth, Texas Civil Litigation Attorneys



“Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.”

-Andrew Jackson

“Let me give you my vision: A man’s right to work as he will, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the state as servant and not as master.”

– Margaret Thatcher

“Every man should endeavor to understand the meaning of subjugation before it is too late…”

-Pat Cleburne

“If it is in the public interest to maintain an industry, it is clearly not in the public interest by the impact of regulatory authority to destroy its otherwise viable way of life.” Special Message to the Congress on Regulatory Agencies, April 13, 1961

-John F. Kennedy

“I hear people talking bad about the way we have to live here in this country…I do not mind them switching sides, and standing’ up for things they believe in. But when they are running down my country, they’re walking on the fighting side of me. They are running down a way of life our fighting men have fought and died to keep. If you don’t love it, leave it. I read about some squirrely guy who claims he just does not believe in fighting, and  I wonder just how long the rest of us can count on being free. They love our milk and honey, but they preach about some other way of living…”

– Merle Ronald Haggard

“When all the checks and balances of the Constitution are gone, we may easily figure to ourselves the career and the destiny of this godless monster of democratic absolutism. The progress of regulated liberty on this continent will be arrested, anarchy will soon succeed, and the end will be a military despotism, which preserves order by the sacrifice of the last vestige of liberty. They are now fighting the battle of despotism. They have put their Constitution under their feet; they have annulled its most sacred provisions; The future fortunes of our children, and of this continent, would then be determined by a tyranny which has no parallel in history.”

-James Thornwell

“Our liberties do not come from charters; for these are only the declaration of pre-existing rights. They do not depend on parchments or seals; but come from the King of Kings and the Lord of all the earth.” 1776

-John Dickinson

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lives a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

-Martin Luther King

“Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.”

-R.Edward Lee

“God never creates inferior human beings, each person deserves respect and dignity.”

-Benjamin Carson

“The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government.”

– Sam Houston

“Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.”

-Douglas MacArthur

“Israel has no better friend than America. And America has no better friend than Israel. We stand together to defend democracy. We stand together to advance peace. We stand together to fight terrorism.”

-Benjamin Netanyahu

“Liberty may be defined in general, a power of action, or a certain suitableness or preparedness for exertion, and a freedom from force, or hindrance from any external cause. Liberty when predicated of man as a moral agent, and accountable creature, is that suitableness or preparedness to be the subject of volitions, or exercises of will, which we find belongeth to all men of common capacity, and who are come to the years of understanding. This Liberty is opposed to that want of capacity, by which there is a total ignorance of all moral objects.” Sermon Preached to the Corporation of Freemen in Farmington, 1775

-Levi Hart 

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

-Winston Churchill

“The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period, the researches of the human mind, after social happiness, have been carried to a great extent, the Treasures of knowledge, acquired by the labours of Philosophers, Sages and Legislatures, through a long succession of years, are laid open for our use, and their collected wisdom may be happily applied in the Establishment of our forms of Government; the free cultivation of Letters, the unbounded extension of Commerce, the progressive refinement of Manners, the growing liberality of sentiment, and above all, the pure and benign light of Revelation, have had a meliorating influence on mankind and increased the blessings of Society. At this auspicious period, the United States came into existence as a Nation, and if their Citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own.” Circular to the States June 8, 1783

-George Washington

“The question of why evil exists is not a theological question, for it assumes that it is possible to go behind the existence forced upon us as sinners. If we could answer it then we would not be sinners. We could make something else responsible…The theological question does not arise about the origin of evil but about the real overcoming of evil on the Cross; it ask for the forgiveness of guilt, for the reconciliation of the fallen world ” Creation and Fall Temptation: Two Biblical Studies

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. Up from Slavery

-Booker T. Washington

“Brutal men with unlimited power are the same all over the world.”

-Mary Chesnut

“Any people, anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right, a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world”. U.S. Congress, 1847

-Abraham Lincoln  


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Few Things Help an Individual More Than to Place Responsibility Upon Him–Fort Worth, Texas Civil Litigation Lawyers




“Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him.” Up from Slavery

-Booker T. Washington


“The true meaning of America, you ask? It’s in a Texas rodeo, in a policeman’s badge, in the sound of laughing children, in a political rally, in a newspaper… In all these things, and many more, you’ll find America. In all these things, you’ll find freedom. And freedom is what America means to the world. And to me.”

-Audie Murphy


“The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken — I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls — I shall never surrender or retreat.  Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch — The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days.  If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country — Victory or Death. P.S. The Lord is on our side…”

-William Barrett Travis


“If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenue and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.” Rights of Man, 1791

-Thomas Paine


“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.” The Federalist Papers Federalist No. 33,  January 3, 1788

-Alexander Hamilton


“It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty.” Inaugural Address, March 4, 1817

-James Monroe


“I love my country, I love my guns, I love my family. I love the way it is now, and anybody that tries to change it has to come through me. That should be all our attitudes because this is America….”

-Charles Daniels


“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their rights, it is their duty, to throw off such Government.”  April 4, 1776

– Declaration of Independence


“It is much to be wished that slavery may be abolished. The honour of the States, as well as justice and humanity, in my opinion, loudly call upon them to emancipate these unhappy people. To contend for our own liberty, and to deny that blessing to others, involves an inconsistency not to be excused. Letter to R. Lushington, March 15, 1786

-John Jay


“In such a performance you may lay the foundation of national happiness only in religion, not by leaving it doubtful “whether morals can exist without it,” but by asserting that without religion morals are the effects of causes as purely physical as pleasant breezes and fruitful seasons.” Letter to John Adams, August 20, 1811

-Benjamin Rush 


“Man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.” Farewell Address, The Oval Office, January 11, 1989

-Ronald Reagan


“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence.” Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

-Frederick Douglass


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